The Patagonia campus is located approximately 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles on the
western edge of the city of Ventura,
close to the Ventura River and ocean beaches. Downtown Ventura, with its retail and
residential core is within walking distance.
The buildings along the northern edge of the campus form the entry and gateway to Ventura.
The urban campus has an informal atmosphere characterized by Patagonia's active culture.
The variety of structures,
among them the company's oldest retail store, the original blacksmith shop of the
Chouinard Equipment Company and a replica
of the historic Ventura Fire House enhances this location's character.
In response to the regional setting, climate and existing conditions, the concept for an
urban, sustainable campus
was developed that supports Patagonia's culture and identifies this location as the company's
The campus will be an expression of
Patagonia's stewardship for the environment and community.
Program elements include outdoor gathering spaces, working gardens to supply the on-site
cafeteria and play spaces for
the Childcare. A new building at the prominent north-east corner will mark Patagonia's
position in town. Yet to be designed,
the building will incorporate state-of-the-art sustainable features and live up to its
program as an Environmental Education Center.
Green Strategies include the use of pervious pavement and alternative surface treatment to
reduce storm water runoff.
Rainwater will be harvested, stored and used on site year-round. This integrated design approach
reduces the use of
potable water. Photovoltaic panels will be added to existing buildings if feasible.
360 185-watt Trellis mounted PV panels provide sheltered
parking for Patagonia’s employees. The Sharp solar array provides 12 percent of
the power for its company headquarters, which is the equivalent energy used in about 60
California homes during peak usage and will prevent 60 tons of carbon dioxide
from being emitted into the atmosphere each year by a typical gas-fired power plant.
Small scale wind turbines, as supported by the legislature in California, will produce